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As a college for women, Barnard embraces its responsibility to address issues of gender in all of their complexity and urgency, and to help students achieve the personal strength that will enable them to meet the challenges they will encounter throughout their lives. Located in the cosmopolitan urban environment of New York City, and committed to diversity in its student body, faculty and staff, Barnard prepares its graduates to flourish in different cultural surroundings in an increasingly inter-connected world.
The Barnard Archives and Special Collections acts as the final repository for the historical records of Barnard College, from its founding in 1889 to the present day.
Our primary purpose is to document the history of the College and to provide source material to administrators, alumnae, students, faculty, and other members of the Barnard College and Columbia University communities, as well as to outside researchers. We also seek to acquire Special Collections materials that relate to broader issues of Feminism; Women's, Sexuality, and Gender Studies; Dance; and the history of the education of women and female-identified individuals in the United States.